As an artist who is passionately concerned about our environment and the global problems we are all facing, this is naturally translated and explored through my art, which hopefully touches more hearts and minds, to just really think what water means to you?
Some of my most recent projects have particularly focused on our natural resources with water being one of my main concerns and with World Water Day on the 22nd March, these paintings feel especially relevant now. We all take water for granted, that’s for sure and last year’s theme highlighted hand washing but this year the theme concerns ‘Valuing Water’, which is something I do so much – from our stunning oceans to our wasteful dripping taps!
My water paintings celebrate water from the beautiful ripples in the sea, to the dreamlike reflections in Venice and then most recently to my more poignant ‘Washed Up’ series. My message is hopefully clear, it concerns the problems we are seeing on beaches worldwide and the environmental impact plastic and litter is having on the water in our seas. The amount of rubbish that is thrown into the sea, in particular of course plastic is a huge problem as we all know and the banning of plastic bags is just the tip of the iceberg, there is so much unnecessary plastic use which we can all help to rid the world of to make our water’s so much better.
This particular series of my paintings includes rubbish collected on the beaches which I have then stuck to the canvas in the sand creating these texturally impactful ‘Washed Up’ and ‘Paradise Lost’ series. The juxtaposition of the stunning blues and greens of the glittering sea lapping the sandy beaches littered with plastic and rubbish surely can’t be lost on anyone?
All my water paintings benefit Ocean Conservancy.